Entries re: Shopping
May 13
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My friend Kris and I needed some retail therapy the other day, but didn't have much time. So we went to Beaverton because there's not much there. Harsh, right? But kinda sorta true?
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May 3
You're probably familiar with this procrastination technique: reading everything you can find on the internet about some random topic. The topic is not important! The history of galoshes? Crucial information, particularly if it keeps you from cleaning the bathroom.
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Apr 14
Is there anything better than a cool chair? This recent post got me thinking about what makes a chair cool. While style is certainly important, coolness to me is more about provenance. I want to be able to brag about my chairs. To say They're antique library chairs. Or perhaps, They're made from old Coke bottles.
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Shopping Salvage All Day
Mar 18
Today I saw a post somewhere about all the things you can do with a $3.99 Ikea rug. I love Ikea hacks - the people who think them up are beyond clever. The problem, however, is that you cannot change the fact that you get what you pay for. In terms of longevity, design, quality materials, and beauty, it will always be a $3.99 rug. And at some point in your life, wouldn't it be nice to buy something better? Something that will last?
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The Good Old Days
Mar 9
My dad always used to say that the only good thing about the good old days is that they were over. And he was right.
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Jan 27
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I haven't been hitting the thrift stores lately, but I have a decent excuse. It's Academy Award season, and I try to see all the movies nominated so that I can criticize the awards as intelligently as possible. The awards may not deserve intelligent criticism, but there you go. And all those movies have eaten into my thrifting. Stupid awards show.
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Free Art at the Museum
Jan 22
This post needs updating yet again! The New York Public Library has joined the club of fantastic organizations offering hi-res images for free. Stuck in the snow this weekend? Keep yourself from going stir crazy by planning projects.

re: place note: This is a repeat! Why? Per a recent post on on Colossal, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has just released 400,000 images for download. (As an aside, check out the chains in pic 4 of the Colossal post! So cool.) The post below has some ideas about using those images around the home....

Have you heard about all the free stuff they're giving away at the museum? Seriously. Free art. Want to know more?
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Dec 9
I bet we all have a stack of corporate gifts somewhere, likely in a closet or in the basement. Oddly sized duffle bags, post-its, LOTS of water bottles, maybe some hats, pens, t-shirts - all emblazoned with a corporate logo. These are the thanks you get for being a loyal client or attending an event. Such gifts are handed out at the door and you take them automatically. Who would turn down a gift? That's just silly. Free stuff is good.

Or is it?
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Nov 12
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There is nothing like summer leaving in the review mirror to put me into a shopping frenzy. Actually, it's more like a drinking / eating / visiting / shopping frenzy. The desolation caused by the absence of sun sends me into a spin. And usually that spin cycle ends with an ugly credit card bill. Or two.
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Oct 29
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My friend Shannon wanted to shop. I've written about Shannon before: we have good shopping chemistry. We like the same (alternative) stuff, we're mellow, we know how important lunch is to the day. And coffee breaks. On this particular Tuesday, we met at 930 to get an early start. And we promptly discovered that most of the stores on our list don't open until 11AM.
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